I know what you must be thinking – it’s not real….or she didn’t mean it.
Well, I did mean it and still stand by it. Here is the post that details the event. November 2009 was a year that Megan was healed, but something more important than her stomach and gastroparesis was healed.
Her Heart, Spirit and Will were healed.
She had been beaten down mentally by the doctors not believing us so much so that nothing mattered. She was physically exhausted from throwing up everything. She was broken and I watched helplessly, praying and trusting God to mend what I couldn’t. He did.
A year later, her gastroparesis has flared up again. She went back on medicine and things were going well. She still dealt with daily pain, but digested her food. Now, two years later, It’s not just sever stomach pain every time she eats, no. She is not digesting solids at all. It’s been since before Thanksgiving since her stomach just stopped working….out of the blue.
Take your worst flu and multiply the symptoms by about 100 and that is what gastroparesis patients suffer with.
We center so much around food and eating. It’s not noticeable until someone you love dearly is not able to enjoy eating.
She is 17 and has battled this in some fashion or another since she was 12. It was only late 2009 that we even knew what it was that she was battling.
As I look at her, wishing I could take her pain, wishing I could change places with her, my heart thinks of all the moms out there that watch their child fight cancer and other diseases. Their strength amazes me. Their courage amazes me.
Her strength amazes me. She deals with this daily but is also enjoying life daily. She struggles with being exhausted and sleeps more than most teens but still looks for and finds the blessings of the day. She still would rather not have milkshakes, due to the fact that we are forcing them in her as it is a liquid that will stay.
Recent conversations go something like this…
No….no food today, have liquids. It needs to be a throw up free day.
You ate yesterday, you can eat next week.
My favorite was in a restaurant when the waiter asked if she was ok because she only had a tea, she replied. I ate yesterday and get to eat on Christmas. (Christmas was a week later)
Yes, she struggles. Yes this is awful and yes – I’m afraid at times. But, I can say YES, I’m trusting the Lord with her again…just as i did back in 2009 when so many came together to pray for a little girl they didn’t know.
So, the tests begin again. If medicine doesn’t work, if they don’t find out what caused this flare up (like gallbladder or something else) then she may have to have a pacemaker put on her stomach.
I come to you asking for your prayer for my princess.
Thank you for praying, for boldly going to the throne of grace on her behalf.
Thank you for your friendship, love and care.
You bless me.
To peek at a little of what Megan has endured, other than the chronic daily pain of Gastroparesis, click HERE to read her story
UPDATE: March 2012
I just wanted to update you on Megan’s progress or lack thereof.
Poor choices and extreme stress has caused this episode of her stomach being paralyzed. The medicine is still not helping but we are praying that since wiser choices are being made that the stress of it being gone will enable her stomach to fully function again.
She has to start over…meaning – liquids for a week or so, and then introduce small portions of soft solids at a time. After 7 days of liquids only and no throwing up, she may try a scrambled egg. If that stays, we can keep that and slowly introduce soft solids to her diet. Should something not stay in the process, we go back a step.
I’m hoping that 3/10/12 we can take her to IHOP and let her have Green Eggs and Ham. Her favorite book as a child was Green Eggs and Ham. If they stay down (mostly the eggs) then this will be a huge positive step!
This is going to be a long journey and already HAS been as she has not been able to eat solids since 11/2011.
Everything we do is centered around food. Teen functions are centered around food as well and this makes the day to day living of a 17 year old girl hard…and makes it hard for her mom to simply watch and not be able to fix it.
I cannot thank you enough for your prayers. Your prayers, encouragements, emails and messages have not only encouraged us, but it also inspires and strengthens us.
Without your prayers, there is no way I would have had the energy, resources and ability to make Christmas Joy happen last year – as that was happening right in the middle of all of these personal issues. And we are still being strengthened by them so that we can continue to spread joy and make a difference for others even though we are walking through our own personal valley of challenges.
We are simply going to look up from this valley and enjoy the majestic view.
We are going to choose and cause joy along the way and continue to be the voice that says there can be and IS joy…even when the tears are falling.
Thank you seems so small at this point, but it comes from the heart.
Thank you for your continued prayers and for how you support Spreading Joy Corporation. You enable us to continue to shout that there is no joy like spreading joy!
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